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Chicago Public Schools adjust student code of conduct

The Chicago Board of Education approved revisions to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Student Code of Conduct (SCC), at its June meeting. Changes to the SCC go into effect on September and will establish a restorative approach to student behavior, a redefined description of what qualifies as inappropriate behavior, and more options for administrators who […]

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An increase in applications raises questions about enrollment processes at Back of the Yards High School

*Updated for the web For Spanish scroll down (baja para leer el articulo en Español) It’s hard to miss the majestic new Back of the Yards High School towering along 47th Street. The high school has a beautiful facility with a pool, wide athletic fields, computer labs and a brand new library, aside from a […]

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Area residents oppose AUSL turnaround of elementary school

About 60 parents and students from Dvorak Elementary, carrying colorful handmade signs opposing a proposal to “turnaround” their school, added a boost of energy to a protest outside the March 26 Board of Education meeting. Dvorak, 3615 W. 16th, is one of three schools CPS is recommending be handed over to the Academy of Urban […]

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Report shows homeless Illinois children are not receiving required school support

A new report released this month by the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) shows that more than half of homeless Illinois students who needed assistance were not receiving services. Under state and federal law, school districts are required to assist homeless students with school enrollment, prevent school transfers and help them succeed in their […]

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Do we need more charter schools?

Parents and students packed the assembly room at Shields Middle School demanding more resources for neighborhood schools Community residents met Tuesday to highlight CPS plans to expand charter schools just months after closing 50 neighborhood schools and cutting school budgets drastically. “We can’t allow CPS to continue to take money from our neighborhood schools,” said […]

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School Back in Session Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students will resume classes on Wednesday after severe winds and dangerously cold temperatures forced closures on Monday and Tuesday. While District officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the expected rise in temperatures Wednesday indicates that conditions will be safe for students and staff to return. “At CPS, the safety and security of our students is a top […]

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CPS Releases New “Safe Passage” Routes, Residents Wonder about Students’ Safety

Before the new school year begins, some Back of the Yards families are still wondering what’s the safest route for their children to travel to and from school. Chicago public schools (CPS) recently announced the new “safe passage” routes for schools that will be welcoming students whose elementary schools were closed last June. For the […]

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New CPS Budget Cuts From Classrooms, Raises Taxes

On the heels of perhaps the largest school closing in U.S. history last June, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) produced a new budget in late July that laid off over three thousand school-based personnel, including over a thousand teachers. The $5.6 billion proposed CPS budget includes a tax increase and an additional $68 million in […]

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Brighton Park Residents Say with Budget Cuts to Schools Crime Goes Up, Education Down (PHOTOS)

About 500 parents from Brighton Park packed the Shields Elementary auditorium last Wednesday July 17. At an evening meeting, they urged CPS officials to restore the nearly $7.5 million in funding cuts to their neighborhood schools. Students from the Kelly High School drama club performed a skit that illustrated their reactions when they found out […]

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Board of Education Approves Closure of 49 CPS Schools, 1 High School Program

Despite ongoing pleas from parents to keep their kid’s schools open, the Chicago Board of Education is closing dozens of them. During its monthly board meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education unanimously voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program. After months of public hearings, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett emphasized that “we […]